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The Many Miles That Lead to This Day

Well, that does it for another pair of shoes.

But if my “primary shoes” could talk, they’d share the stories they’ve heard over the many miles I’ve walked this past year about the neighbors I’ve met, and the lives they lead.

  • A nurse who remains traumatized by the COVID-19 pandemic and works at a hospital in Murietta with a 100-mile round trip each day. As much as she pays in gasoline, the biggest headache for her is the last quarter-mile to her home on the worst of Gold Coast Drive.
  • A retired teacher who laments she no longer sees her kids or grandkids because they were priced out of Mira Mesa and moved to Texas to buy a house and find jobs. She wonders when she’ll see them next.
  • A vital city department chair who remains chronically short of staff, but knows the city takes far too long to hire new employees, and only pays them enough to stay long enough to find another job.
  • A retiree in University City who wonders who her neighbor will be at the end of each day after the house next door was converted into a short-term vacation rental.

These are the stories I hear every day from working San Diegans. This is why I’m running.

I want to thank you for all the support you’ve lent our effort over the last year, and I want to thank each and every member of our team and all our volunteers, and everyone who has supported us with their time, shoe leather, energy, money, by opening up their home, and with their vote.

And I want to thank the most important person in my life, my wife Cory.

If you still haven’t voted, it’s not too late! Go to the end of your ballot to find the D6 race, vote for Tommy, and immediately go to your local polling place or the Registrar of Voters in Kearny Mesa to drop off your ballot. You have until 8 p.m. to do so.

Don’t let this opportunity melt away. Vote for a grassroots neighborhood leader endorsed by the Sierra Club, San Diego Union-Tribune, Supervisor Terra-Lawson Remer, and many others as your next District 6 councilmember, and let’s end the co-opting of our District 6 seat by Downtown special interests in 2022.